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Constipation prophylaxis reduces length of stay in elderly hospitalized heart failure patients with home laxative use.

Authors
  • Staller, Kyle1, 2
  • Khalili, Hamed1, 2
  • Kuo, Braden1, 2
  • 1 Division of Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 2 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2015
Volume
30
Issue
11
Pages
1596–1602
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/jgh.13011
PMID: 25969162
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Among elderly patients admitted for CHF exacerbations, failure to use constipation prophylaxis in patients with home laxative use is associated with a significantly longer LOS. Our data suggest that routine use of bowel prophylaxis for elderly CHF patients with preexisting constipation may reduce LOS.

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